Playoff Hopes Diminishing For New York Liberty
Added by Luis Vazquez on September 10, 2013.
The strain of a season was on Cappie Pondexter’s weary face. In one telling moment, sitting in her near empty cubicle, she pretty much admitted that the energy needed to make up for lost players has stretched the Liberty to its limits. The Liberty have no more to give beyond what they have. It’s been an uphill climb throughout and the losses have piled up as of late. On this occasion Atlanta was the latest to come into the Prudential Center to take a game 70-57.
Cappie Pondexter attempts to get up after falling with an injury. (Photo Credit: Marlene Amaya-Vazquez)
The Liberty (11-20) has had to overcome the losses of Essence Carson and Cheryl Ford. The growing pains of their number one picks, Kelsey Bone, Kamiko Williams, and Young have made consistency and turnovers the bywords of this season. Now, the health of their lone All-Star Cappie Pondexter has been the final nail in the proverbial coffin. A face first crash after a hard foul against the Dream only aggravated what had been slowing her down the last two weeks. She has come back like the champion she is but now she is unable to evade the double teams and taken away their best offensive threat.
The lack of a quality playmaker after Cappie forced Plenette Pierson to run the point more than a few occasions. She was actually quite successful in sprinting full court and getting assists as she was one of the few effective players in the second half. The Liberty shooting went dead cold and the results were a close game that was slightly in their favor turning into another home blowout.
But there is a sliver of hope as far as the playoff situation. Tonight as they host their final regular season home game, they find themselves three games behind Washington with three to play. It’s mighty slim but they have something to play for as they have formable competition in the form of number one draft pick, Britney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury. For the Liberty to tie Washington they need to win tonight and then on the road against Indiana and Washington. They also need a lot of help as they would need Washington to lose twice going into the final game. Should the Liberty not be up to the task, the next time we see the Liberty will be at Madison Square Garden where they finally return after a three year hiatus.